SLA CE Course Blogging for News: Introduction to Blogs and Feeds, June 5, 2005
06/03/05, posted by j
This presentation is on the Web at: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/jkbaumga/stories/storyReader$3640.
My experience with blogging: I’ve been blogging since April 2003 and now contribute to thirty blogs, most of which are public, collaborative blogs. The blogs run on six platforms: Manila, Blogger, TypePad, Blogware, and Frassle. This blog runs on Manila. You are looking at an item in the stories section, a place usually reserved for longer posts. The front page of my blog is elsewhere.
Librarians should care about blogs for at least two big reasons: blogs are a great communication tool for both internal and external purposes and blogs are sources of information.
I. What is a weblog?
- Definitions vary
- Blog software enables easy updating of Web pages, bloggers don’t necessarily have to know HTML
- There are many different kinds of blogs, different kinds of platforms for blogging
- Can blog on the Web, on an intranet, etc.
II. How do People Use Blogs?
- Why blog:
- Knowledge management
- Annotated list of links
- Networking, fostering community
- Sharing sources
- Easy to archive and retrieve material
- Why read blogs
III. What Libraries, News Libraries, Journalists, and News Organizations are doing with Blogs
- Inform library users
- Communication tool among staff members
- Reach out to the company’s clients
- more blogs
- Library Weblogs takes a scholarly look at fifty-five library blogs.
- News Libraries/Librarians
- Romenesko at Poynter
- Bob Stepno, a journalism professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
- Subterranean Homepage News by Sheila Lennon of the Providence Journal
- Dave Barry at the Miami Herald
- Dan Gillmor
- Regret the Error
- Neiman Reports’ Fall 2003 issue (.pdf) focuses on weblogs and journalism
IV. Feeds and Aggregators
- Many blogs and Web sites distribute content using a feed
- Examples: this blog, news sources, comic strips, buoys, weather, etc.
- Two kinds of feeds: RSS and Atom
- Aggregators read feeds
- Many kinds of aggregators
- The difference between reading a feed and a site
- Can route feeds to Web sites
- Enclosures: send files via feeds
- Video blogging or vlogging
- Learn more about RSS
- Learn more about aggregators
V. How to Find Blogs and Feeds
- Some general Internet search engines
- For a specific feed, try looking for the title and add feeds or RSS or a similar term to the search query.
- Special search engines targeted toward blogs and feeds
- Professional colleagues
- Other blogs
- Several sources say Business Blog Consulting is a good place to find business blogs
- LIS Feeds (feeds from sources about library and information science)
- Create a feed for something without one
- Bug the content creators until they get a feed
- Write your own script
- Third-party solutions
- Feed Burner
- Many others
- Keep copyright and licensing issues in mind
VI. How to Start Blogging
- Think about what you want to blog/need from a blog and select appropriate software for the task.
- This is not necessarily easy. It’s similar to picking library automation software or an archiving system.
- Blog platforms may be similar, but they aren’t the same.
- More details about picking blog software
- Take some time to really learn about the system you choose.
- Find out your support options: discussion list, superusers, help desk, etc.
- Market your blog
- Start casting those bottles into the ocean (I’m being figurative here. I’m not advocating for pollution.)
VII. Collaborative Blogging
- Multiple people can contribute to a blog
- Works well for projects with multiple contributors
- Like all group projects, people need buy-in and encouragement
VIII. Blogging on Multiple Blogs
- What goes where?
- Posting the same item in multiple places
- Managing multiple blogs